Hotels & Accommodation in Hofn

Hotels & Accommodation in Hofn

Explore hotels and guesthouses in the fishing village of Hofn with scenic views of the largest glacier in Europe. Find your perfect place to stay in the southeast of Iceland.

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Why stay in Hofn?

Hofn, located in southeastern Iceland, offers a range of hotels and accommodations that cater to every traveler's needs. Known for its breathtaking landscapes and proximity to Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe, this charming town provides a perfect base for exploring the region.

From quality hotels with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers to cozy guesthouses that offer a home-away-from-home atmosphere, Hofn has options to suit all budgets and preferences. Many hotels in the area feature stylish and modern interiors, providing a comfortable retreat after a day of adventure.

For those seeking a unique experience, charming cottages and cabins are available for rent, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the tranquility of the Icelandic countryside. Some of these accommodations have private hot tubs, perfect for relaxing and stargazing amidst the pristine natural beauty.

Hofn's hotels and accommodations provide comfortable rooms and offer a range of amenities, such as on-site restaurants serving delicious local cuisine and knowledgeable staff who can recommend fun activities to do in the area.

Whether visiting Hofn for its renowned lobster delicacies, exploring nearby glaciers, or simply enjoying the breathtaking landscapes, you'll find various hotels and accommodations to make your stay in this picturesque town truly memorable.

Frequently asked questions

What part of Hofn should I stay in?

The best area of Hofn to stay in is by the harbor, from which the town draws its name, as the Icelandic word for harbor is "höfn." There you can find various restaurants, cafés, and conveniences such as a supermarket and a gas station. From the harbor, there is a short walk to Osland, a nature trail at the end of the peninsula with a memorial to fishermen that lost their lives at sea.

What is the best hotel in Hofn?

The best hotel in Hofn is Hali Country Hotel, with a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from over 660 visitors. Located south of Vatnajokull glacier, it's a true family-run country hotel based on a farm. With beautiful views of the largest glacier in Europe in one direction and ocean views in the other, it's certainly a unique place to stay. There's a lovely restaurant located on-site that serves breakfast and dinner. You can also learn about Iceland's early 20th-century history at the Thorbergur Cultural Heritage Center, dedicated to one of Iceland's greatest novelists.

What is the best guesthouse in Hofn?

The best guesthouse in Hofn is Guesthouse Skalafell, rated 4.6 out of 5 stars from over 200 reviews. Located on a far-flung farm in Southeast Iceland, the guesthouse is the perfect place for guests looking for a strategic location for slow-paced explorations and breathtaking surroundings. The accommodations come in twin or double beds with shared private bathrooms. The guesthouse also has free Wi-Fi, a terrace, and a restaurant serving breakfast daily. Overall, Guesthouse Skalafell offers a bright, calming ambiance with beautiful views and essential amenities.

What is the best cottage in Hofn?

The best cottage in Hofn is Gerdi Cottages, rated 3.9 out of 5 stars from over 490 reviews. The cottages can accommodate up to 2 adults and is a great option for travelers looking to discover Southeast Iceland. The location is near key attractions like Vatnajokull and the iceberg lagoon Jokulsarlon.

Are there accommodations suitable for families in Hofn?

Yes, several accommodations in Hofn are family-friendly, providing amenities like family rooms, extra beds or cribs. Arnanes Country Hotel is a good choice for families wishing to stay near Hofn, as they provide Standard Triple rooms and it's located in a large grassy area where kids can go exploring in a safe environment.

Are there good options for cheap hotels in Hofn?

Prices in the town vary depending on the tourist season and when you choose to book your accommodation. From May to September, hotels will be more expensive, and from October to April, a bit cheaper. Hotel Jokull, for example, is a cheap option that boasts beautiful scenery and is close to Vatnajokull glacier.

What is there to do in Hofn?

For starters, you can enjoy the beautiful harbor and the colorful boats around it. You can also look for the walking path that’ll take you south of the harbor, where a bird reserve lies. To better appreciate Hofn’s history and cultural heritage, you can check out the Gamlabud “Old Shop,” one of the oldest houses in the city and now serves as a folk museum. Here, you can learn about the history of this isolated area through a collection of items connected to the old Iceland farming communities from the 1850s to the 1950s.

Another museum to visit is the Hornafjordur Art Museum. This small gallery hosts various exhibitions featuring works from contemporary local artists. It also showcases items from the Municipal Art Collection. Meanwhile, geology lovers should visit the Huldusteinn stone museum. It houses a private collection featuring some of Iceland’s diverse stones and rocks.

What are the main attractions near Hofn?

Hofn is known for its proximity to Vatnajokull National Park, where you can explore glaciers, hike in the mountains, and visit stunning ice caves. Other attractions include Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Stokksnes peninsula, Diamond Beach, and the nearby fishing village of Djupivogur. Another interesting site is the Hvalnes Nature Reserve and its beautiful yellow lighthouse. From the area, you can also see the picturesque Eystrahorn mountain and black sandy beach stretching a few kilometers. Meanwhile, about 15.5 miles (25 kilometers) from Hofn is the Hoffellsjokull glacier tongue.

How do I get to Hofn?

The easiest way to get to the east of Iceland is to travel by rental car, which you can pick up immediately after landing at Keflavik International Airport. The journey will take about 6 hours, but we recommend stopping along the way for some sightseeing.

What local festival is celebrated in Hofn?

The annual Lobster Festival in June is popular, celebrating the town's reputation for its delicious langoustines.

Should I book a hotel in Hofn if I want to see Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon?

Many visitors choose the area near Hofn or Skaftafell if they plan to go to the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and Diamond Beach the next day. It's about 50 miles (80 kilometers) to Jokulsarlon from Hofn, so staying at a hotel in Hofn is ideal.

When should I book accommodation in Hofn to get the best price?

You can expect the best prices in winter, from October to April. However, you should book accommodation a few months in advance to get a good deal. Rates in the summer are higher than in the winter, and availability can sometimes be limited if you come to Iceland during the high season between June and September.

Is it possible to book accommodations with a view of the northern lights in Hofn?

Hofn's location in the south of Iceland makes it a great spot for northern lights viewing. Some accommodations offer rooms or areas with night sky views, increasing the chances of witnessing this natural phenomenon.

Are there restaurants and dining options in Hofn?

Yes, Hofn offers a range of restaurants and dining options, including seafood restaurants specializing in the famous local lobster dishes. You can also find cafés, bakeries, and other eateries serving Icelandic and international cuisine. For quick bites, go to Nailed It Fish and Chips. For seafood and Scandinavian dishes, check out Pakkhus Restaurant.
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